Gather up Some of Your Really Bad Shots… and Study Them Carefully!
No, this isn’t an exercise in punishing yourself!
We often flippantly use the term, “learn from your mistakes” but we rarely think of that in terms of a process rather than just a reaction.
“My boyfriend dumped me so all men are pigs!” You see that is not really analytically inspecting the situation and subsequently learning from it. It’s just reacting TO it.
Look carefully at the images you have taken that didn’t work and identify exactly what is wrong with them. Now decide what you should have done in that situation to have made it work.
If possible go back and try to take the shot or shots again correctly or at least isolate the points where you went wrong and and practice those points until you are familiar with the process.
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Ninja Photography Especially for Parents Anticipating the Action
This applies to anyone that is into sports photography, candid photography and that unique blend of the two… childrens photography.
Standing there slack jawed thinking to yourself, “Gee that would have been a great shot.” doesn’t have to be your lot in life!
You will hear over and over that the path to great photography starts with the ability to observe and to some degree that is very true.
However what is more valuable is the ability to observe, anticipate and shoot quickly.
Page after page in the family photo album of individual or group shots of your loved ones looking like rabbits on the highway staring at the headlights of an oncoming truck wears pretty thing, pretty fast!
As with most things in life practice makes perfect so force yourself to observe for extended periods of time and practice getting the shot fast!